Mozilla ditches Google, signs five-year deal with Yahoo


— 4:47 PM on November 19, 2014

For the past 10 years, Google has been the default search engine in Firefox—and the Mozilla Foundation has gotten financial support from the search giant for its trouble. Now, that relationship is set to end. Mozilla announced today that it's said goodbye to Google and entered a five-year "strategic partnership" with Yahoo.

The partnership will see Yahoo become Firefox's default search engine in the United States starting next month. Mozilla says users can look forward to a "new enhanced Yahoo Search experience that features a clean, modern interface that brings the best of the Web front and center." Support for Firefox's do-not-track mode will be built in, as well.

But the Yahoo deal won't cover all countries. Baidu will be the default search engine in China, while Yandex will have that distinction in Russia. Mozilla also aims to offer "more choice in search provider than any other browser," with 61 options in all. Google will be among them, as will Bing and DuckDuckGo.

Mozilla doesn't get into specifics about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that spurred the change. However, the organization apparently got to choose between multiple partnership options, each with "strong, improved economic terms reflecting the significant value that Firefox brings to the ecosystem." By the looks of it, it was Mozilla that kicked Google to the curb and not the other way around.

   
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